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2017 Letters to the editor stock

Our nation's population of 325 million has 47 million seniors over 65 and another 10.5 million blind. Indiana numbers 6,683,140 individuals with 752,831 over 65, and 156,300 blind.

Congress just passed a tax plan doubling the standard deduction for working Americans. Awesome! But for some unexplained reason it ignored our seniors and the blind. Their standard deduction is different and factors in their expense and limited income. Even a modest increase, say $27,000 married or $15,000 single, would help.

I informed U.S. Sen. Todd Young's office twice, but no positive reply. AARP, still waiting for a reply, but received its solicitation for money to help us seniors.

Would either U.S. Reps. Luke Messer or Todd Rokita — both Republicans vying for Sen. Joe Donnelly's position — would either introduce a bill to address this oversight?

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly serves on a subcommittee for the aging. A bill from this committee is needed to correct this failure.

Carl Bernacky, Dyer


Local News Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.